Associate Degree from an accredited School of Nursing required; BSN preferred.
RN with National Certification as a Psychiatric Nurse encouraged to apply.
· Two to three years of psychiatric nursing experience
· Ability to care for low emergent medical acuity, and comprehensive psychiatric patients in an Emergency Department setting.
· Interpersonal communication (oral and written) skills required in order to educate and comfort patients and their families, maintain effective contacts with a variety of hospital personnel, and maintain appropriate documentation records.
· Proficiency in developing nursing plan of care, implementing effective nursing care, and evaluating outcome of nursing intervention.
· Professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques used in the care and treatment of psychiatric patients.
· Apply professional nursing care principles and procedures in the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric, and/or low acuity emergent medical patients.
· Develop interpersonal therapeutic relationships with psychiatric patients.
· Keep accurate written charts and records of patient activities and progress.
· Comply with laws, rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures.
· Use professional judgment to ascertain and to apply appropriate intervention techniques with patients in crisis. To include de-escalation techniques.
· Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
· Provide prompt, efficient, and responsive service.
· Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.
· Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
· Professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques used in the care and treatment of psychiatric and/or low acuity emergent medical patients.
· Social, psychological, and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders.
· Medical and psychological terminology.
· Medications, including psychotropic drugs, and effects on psychiatric patients.
· Control, preparation and administration of medications.
· State of Maryland laws and regulations for the nursing profession.
· Regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing and the treatment of the mentally and emotionally disturbed patients.
· Theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy.
· Symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed mentally ill patients to include substance abuse, withdrawal, detoxification.
· Medical and psychiatric emergency procedures.
· Basic computer programs.
· Current registration with the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nurses as a Registered Nurse.
· Completion of "Healthcare Provider" CPR course, bi-annually.
· ACLS and PALS preferred, but can be obtained within probationary period.
· Ability to stand and walk almost constantly up to ninety percent (90%) of work time, and lifting and positioning patients up to fifty percent (50%) of work time.
· Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail, often in stressful situations.
· Normal patient care environment with possible exposure to excessive noise, dust, temperature.
· Exposed to adverse working conditions due to performance of patient care activities and exposure to communicable diseases.
· Potential exposure to contagious diseases, bio -hazardous wastes and hazardous wastes
Conditions of Employment
· Maintain current licensure and certifications.